I Support Compensating the Wrongfully Convicted in Rhode Island

Photo of Scott Hornoff by Sameer Abdel-Khalek.

I Support Compensating the Wrongfully Convicted in Rhode Island

Scott Hornoff could have spent his life in prison for a murder he did not commit. Hornoff, a Warwick police detective at the time, was convicted of murdering a woman who he knew and sentenced to life in prison. Years later, another man confessed to the murder and Hornoff had his conviction vacated in 2003 after being wrongfully imprisoned for nearly seven years.

Rhode Island is one of the few states without a law to compensate the wrongfully convicted, so Hornoff received no financial assistance to rebuild his life from the state that unjustly took his freedom. He lost a stable career as a detective, faced an accumulation of old child support payments and was forced to depend on his wife’s income alone.

Nationally, 35 states provide some form of compensation to the wrongfully convicted—it’s time for Rhode Island to do right by its exonerees too. This year, the state can pass legislation to fix this injustice. The state House of Representatives has already passed a bill to compensate exonerees; now it’s on to the state Senate. 

Sign the petition above to show your support for passing Senate Bill 2420 to compensate and bring justice to the wrongfully convicted.


This campaign is in partnership with the New England Innocence Project.

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